Dec 4, 2012 9:00am PST
in the west bank and east jerusalem may kill any hopes of peace. we'll dive deep lie into this issue. >>> rp says it's not changing plans for the controversial housing development in east of jerusalem also developments in east jerusalem. this is despite getting a diplomatic mackdown recently from australia, five european countries and the united states bought in on this yesterday. now here's why this is such a big deal. the proposed construction would effectively cut off the west bank from cities of like bethlehem and ramallah, will cut them off from jerusalem. and that's important for the palestinians, it would mean that they couldn't get to east jerusalem, which they would eventually claim as the capital of their nation if that is to be. the large israeli settlement town of ma ale adumim would be connected to jerusalem directly. vice president for new initiatives and a distinguished scholar at the woodrow wilson international center. always good to talk to you. israel defined as i international opposition mounts. do you buy the political posturing aingele? there's an upcoming election. it'
Dec 5, 2012 10:00am PST
their hand and disagree with a group. we are receipt ceno -- we are rp to do that. it's just the a rall i -- it's a rall is of this bystander effect. megyn: there was a book that talked about survivors. when an airplane goes down. people would be madly dashing towards the exit. but the facts show normally people sit there -- they are paralyzed in stone because they have never dealt with the situation before. they don't know what to do. so are the critics being too hard on the people standing on the subway platform just trying to catch a train one second and the next in a life or death situation who was in a life or death situation the next? >> the critics may be tough on these folks. but human beings can aspire to better. we have to look at these events and say don't just be like a piece of velcro sticking to the crowd. culturally this has tremendous implications. if nobody will reach down to save a single man's life who will be crushed by an oncoming train. who will lead at a time of desperate need in our nation. who will raise their hand and say i will take the hit. megyn: the reports a
Dec 8, 2012 5:00am PST
portfolio standards require utilities to procure green power. so in texas we have blown past the rps. we're already there. >> it dictates and demands from the state, passed by the state, 100% of the power, some percentage has to come from renewable sources? >> that's exactly right. that's a huge driver for private investment in the industry. it's also been very important as katie said to have the production tax credit, the investment tax credit for solar. especially in a plummeting gas price environment, we need these incentives in order to keep building the infrastructure. >> solar, i think, is undergoing a sort of remarkable decline in the costs of production, but it doesn't have nearly the share that wind does, right? is that where solar is at right now? >> let me put this in perspective. if you talk about the tax to convert satellite into electricity. the first commercial use was in 1994. at the time it was literally astronomical in costs. not for the space race with the soviets where we needed satellites in space and needed power for the satellites. nasa turned to solar cells as a s